Summer is officially here and
the Walt Disney World resort has kicked off its Summer Season with
exciting openings, changes, and announcements. In this addition we
take a look at two new dining spots in the Animal Kingdom, find out
how TCM refreshed an iconic attraction, learn about new hours at a
popular restaurant, and take a look at the announcement of a new
themed experience coming to Disney Springs. Plus we find out how
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<< Comforts of the
Creature Comforts re-opened
June 18th as a Starbucks location. The former Discovery Island gift
shop has received external and internal design changes, although the
building structure remains the same. The purple, teal, and orange
color scheme has been replaced by a brown and cream color scheme
with mosaic accents.
The location features four signature confections; the African Milk
Tart, The Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake, The Tree of Life Cupcake, and
The Zebra Cupcake. As part of its wildlife conservation effort,
Disney will make a donation to cotton top tamarin conservation for
every Flat White Espresso sold. The prominence of the cotton top
tamarin at the new location is likely due to the close proximity of
the relatively new cotton top tamarin habitat.
The new location offers an Animal Kingdom 'You Are Here' Mug that
features the Tree of Life, Kilimanjaro Safari, and Expedition
In conjunction with the opening, Pizzafari ceased breakfast service
effective June 17, 2015.
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<< The Great Movie
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Cast have reported that the Great Movie Ride has unveiled several
changes on May 28th as part of the new Turner Classic Movies
Here's a listing of the changes:
- Movie posters (digital screens) that rotate through classic movies
have been added to the queue area .
- The pre-show movie trailer loop has been replaced by a new, longer
pre-show film narrated by Robert Osborne.
- The marquee in the loading area has been replaced. The original 'A
Spectacular Journey into the Movies--A Cast of Thousands! A Sweeping
Spectacle of Thrills! Chills! and Romance!" has been replaced with
'The Ultimate Celebration of Classic Movies--Presented by TCM Turner
- Robert Osborne has been added as a new audio host for the show
scenes; however, the Guides have maintained portions of their
previous live narration. All 'interaction' between your Guide and
other 'characters' you meet along your journey remains the same.
- The finale montage has been replaced by a new montage introduced
by Robert Osborne. The new montage is a mix of clips from the
previous montage and new clips.
The Magic Kingdom has
announced an operational change to one of its most popular dining
locations. Effective July 3, 2015; Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
will change from 11:30 am – 2:45 pm Lunch seatings and 4:40 pm -
9:30 pm Dinner seatings to a single 11:00 am -9:30 pm All Day
seating. The new single seating option will also introduce a single
menu with All Day specialties.
The Patina Restaurant Group
has released a press release detailing a new restaurant for Disney
Springs named The Edison:
>> New York, New York --
Patina Restaurant Group and Kinetescape’s Andrew Meieran announce
that they will open The Edison, a lavish “Industrial Gothic” -style
restaurant, bar and nighttime destination at the new Disney Springs
at Walt Disney World Resort. Famous for exceptionally good classic
American food, craft cocktails and live entertainment including
cabaret and music, The Edison is inspired by its sister location in
Los Angeles and set in a historic power plant.
The Edison is dedicated to a resurgence of old world-style
sophistication and romance. The Florida venue will be themed to a
1920s-period electric company and recall an exuberant era of
invention and imagination. Featuring 35-foot ceilings and a range of
themed areas to explore, The Edison will have The Lab performance
space, The Ember Parlour, Telegraph Lounge, The Patent Office, The
Tesla Lounge, The Radio Room, Waterfront Patio and more.
Entertainment will include contortionists, palm readers, DJs and
more. Andrew Meieran’s vision and designs will be executed by
Gensler Architects. <<
The new venue is slated to
open in 2016 on the lots formerly occupied by the BET Soundstage and
the Adventurer's Club.
Shop on the Block>>
Zuri's Sweets Shop opened on
June 17th, 2015 as the capstone to the new Harambe Market section at
Disney's Animal Kingdom.
NOTE: Before we could even get this newsletter out, the Poop had
been discontinued due to customer complaints. We talk about
this on the next INTERCOT Insider Podcast.
The new location features a variety of treats including four
somewhat inexplicable confections devised to look like actual animal
droppings. The 'Match the Species' series includes Cotton Top
Tamarin Poop, Elephant Poop, Giraffe Poop, and Hippo Poop. The
seemingly odd offering may be more stomachable than they sound; here
are the ingredients for the different droppings:
- Cotton Top Tamarin Poop: Pretzel pearls coated in chocolate peanut
butter fudge and sweet rolled oat flakes.
- Elephant Poop: Chocolate peanut butter fudge with sweet rolled
oats and yellow coconut flakes.
- Giraffe Poop: Rolled Chocolate fudge brownie and caramel.
- Hippo Poop: Chocolate fudge caramel brownie with peanut butter and
If edible excrement is too exotic for your taste buds, the location
also offers more civilized signature confections including:
- African Spice popcorn
- Animal Kingdom Animal Crackers
- Animal Kingdom 5 Flavor Chocolate Bar Set
- Animal Print Rice Krispie Treats
- Assorted Bulk Candies
- Assorted Bulk Nuts
- Dark Chocolate Mickey with Chili Peppers
- Elephant Carmel Apple
- Iced Giraffe Cookie
- Iced Lion Cookie
- Iced Monkey Cookie
- Iced Tiger Cookie
- Iced Zebra Cookie
- Mickey Mouse Chocolate-dipped coconut patties
- Mini Chocolate Crocodiles
- Monkey Carmel Apple
- Simba Paw lollipop
Guests can take home 'taste' of the park with Flame Tree Barbeque
Rubs, bottled Flame Tree Barbeque Sauce, and bags of Tusker House
In addition to the fresh and packaged goodies; the store also has a
small section of baskets, mugs, plates, and other African inspired
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is out of sizzle, but the Summer is just starting to pick-up at the
Walt Disney World resort. Whether you plan to make a sweet stop at
Zuri's Sweets Shop, get your morning buzz at Creature Comforts, or
take a refreshed journey into the movies; we hope this edition has
given you some great ideas for new experiences on your next Walt
Disney World vacation. We'll be back in a few weeks with more great
tips, news, and deals. See ya real soon!
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